“Do we actually want the future to be totally unlike the present, or only a little bit different?” Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant’s works raise this question and more. Some of her work invokes a world of small tricks, magic sticks, cloud busters, barking birds and exits as entrances. Other pieces examine the big picture of the future, such as global politics in the year 2020 as presented by the authoritative voice of the New York Times. Kurant meticulously prepared a future-themed issue for the paper with the help of a professional clairvoyant and several journalists. Her big-picture works speak less about the small differences of the near future than the potential for absolute difference – events after which the world might never be the same again. Includes texts by Raimundas Malasauskas, Jean-Charles Massera, Jan Verwoert and an interview by Neville Wakefield with the artist.
2009 / Softcover / 8 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 48 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-57-3 · Retail Price: $28.00
Join the Dots and Make a Point
Based in Mexico City and Brussels, sculptor and installation artist Gabriel Kuri uses simple mass-produced objects and throwaway products from cigarette butts to sand, to explore and criticize political, economic and social conditions. This monograph-exhibition catalog beautifully reproduces each work and, equally important, the precise and deliberate positioning and surprising casualness that always characterize the presentation of his objects in an exhibition. A contributor to numerous international group exhibitions, such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), “Brave New Worlds” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007), and “Unmonumental” at the New Museum, New York (2007), Kuri is an emerging artist who shifts the boundaries between art and the everyday, value and valueless-ness.
2011 / Softcover / 6.5 x 9.5 inches / 64 pp / 25 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-27-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Julie Joyce (Ed.)
This compelling exhibition catalog features fifteen international artists who bring 21st-century urgency to 19th-century principles of virtue through work and craftsmanship: Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Wim Delvoye, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Fischli and Weiss, Tim Hawkinson, Josiah McElheny, Grayson Perry, Mika Rottenberg, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham. The title, adapted from Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life,” accompanies the exhibition, which highlights contemporary culture’s preoccupation with authenticity and the handcrafted. Texts explore the contradictions and connections between the handmade and recent explosion of technological advancements. Excellent essays by Glenn Adamson, V&A Museum; Britt Salvesen, LACMA; fiction writer William Gibson and exhibition curator Julie Joyce.
July 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 x 10 3/4 inches / 160 pp / 100 color
ISBN: 978-0-89951-115-3 · Retail Price: $45.00
Selected Publications & Print Ephemera from the LACE Archives 1978 – 2008
From its founding in 1978, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions – was a pivotal, artist-run organization committed to presenting the work of Southern California artists and highlighting bleeding-edge work. Both a treasure-trove and a grab-bag, this book reproduces a wealth of archival material from LACE’s first three decades. Flyers, postcards, memoirs, catalogs, posters, invitations: the editors have chosen an engrossing selection, including well-known names like Lita Albuquerque, Paul McCarthy, Red Grooms and Mike Kelley, and lesser-known but equally worthy artists. As Liz Kotz writes in her introduction, for a new generation of art historians, movements like Minimalism, Happenings and Conceptual Art are just names; the archive allows them to experience the history first-hand. And if you were around at the time, this book is as deeply satisfying as going through that box of stuff you have kept since college days.
2011 / Hardcover / 8.75 x 11.5 inches / 108 pp / 179 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-937335-21-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
Everything Must Go!
British artist Michael Landy has made a career out of “getting and spending,” whether he’s building something designed to self-destruct, or creating a “closing down sale” in an art gallery. This first major monograph of Landy’s 20-year career compiles extensive photos of exhibits, a scrapbook of press clippings, and reproductions of works on paper. Among other works, this survey discusses his infamous Break Down, where Landy destroyed all 7,227 of his (lovingly cataloged) possessions, and Semi-Detached, a full-scale model of his boyhood home. With over 800 color images, including an interview with the artist and essays by Richard Flood, Rochelle Steiner and Richard Stone. An artist with a refreshing, humorous – and profound – take on modern consumer culture.
2009 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 11 inches
432 pp / 800 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-18-0 · Retail Price: $75.00
2008 / Exhibition Catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 96 pp / 46 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-07-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
Break Down Inventory
2001 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches / 512 pp w/ Chinese fold
ISBN: 978-0-9541710-1-8 · Retail Price: $39.95
Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art
Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr
Class inevitably raises awkward questions for the protagonists of contemporary art – about their backgrounds, patrons and ideological proclivities. Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates this latent yet easily overlooked issue, which has been historically eclipsed by gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. This book creates a conversation on a sensitive subject, bringing together essays by art-world types including artists, curators and critics. On one hand, the ideas here raise the question of whether a given socio-economic background still helps define an artistic career – and to which point this career might reflect or consolidate the hierarchies in question. On the other hand, the project asks whether the traditional ways of analyzing class structure are actually helpful in an examination of who makes art today.
2010 / Softcover / 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches / 180 pp / 15 b&w and 95 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-88-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
11. Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach
Much modern art is monumental, but the Kleinplastik Fellback Triennial is all about all things small, as this intriguing exhibition catalog proves. This is the eleventh version of the acclaimed show, which is celebrating its 30th year – it began in 1980. The catalog underlines the Triennial’s reputation for cutting-edge, risky art with an unusual international roster of 60 artists living and dead, including Charles & Ray Eames, Javier Téllez, Thomas Schütte, Marcel Dzama, Chen Zhen and Chu Yun. With sculptures, installations, video, film and puppetry, ranging from peep shows to walk-in rooms, the diverse forms in Larger than Life – Stranger than Fiction explore sexy, strange and sinister dimensions, all tiny – yet, in meaning, very, very large.
September 2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches / 352 pp / 300 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-53-7 · Retail Price: $49.95
1996 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
84 pp / 15 b&w and 28 color
ISBN: 0-88865-316-6 · Retail Price: $25.00